SIGIA-L Mail Archives: Re: [Sigia-l] Your take on MySpace/Friendster/Tribe
Re: [Sigia-l] Your take on MySpace/Friendster/Tribe
i think the bigger issue with friendster was two-fold: (1) it took
off much faster than they anticipated and their servers couldn't deal
with the load so it was *extremely* slow (2) in an attempt to
alleviate the loads they began restricting the number of friends an
account could have.
when friendster first took off there was a large influx of "fakester"
accounts -- accounts that were for groups, places, famous
personalities, characters, etc. these accounts tended to have
500-1,000 friends which reportedly taxed the system quite a bit. so
they cracked down and deleted them.
there was definitely a user experience/customer relationship issue
there that attributed to its crash. users felt like the "man" was
trying to control them by telling them what they could and couldn't
do with the system. therein lies the issue -- as much as you may
design a system for a specific purpose (in friendster's case it was
meant to be a dating site), you shouldn't try and control what a
community is going to do with it. let people do what they want, and
then facilitate that.
On Feb 22, 2006, at 1:28 PM, Davezilla wrote:
> Friendster, like Multiply, Blogshares and MeetUp, succumbed to a rumor
> mill among users who quickly left for other communities. Whether true
> or not, the rumor circulating was, "Don't join; this is just a front
> to steal your email address and sell it." Flickr and Tribe are not
> perceived that way by the majority of the user base.
> Color me gone,
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